Sunday, October 20, 2013

You never know what adventures lie outside your door

I was just saying yesterday, in a conversation with some mummy friends, how busy life seems to be with kids our age.  Activities, homework, playdates, birthday parties, the list goes on.

I used to get to Stanley at least three times a week.  And, into town a few times a month.  Now, it seems, I can barely get to Stanley.  Some weeks I don't leave campus.  Boy, that's depressing.  (Living on campus has it's perks; this is not one of them).  

But on the occasion that I do escape the south side, I try to make the most of it.  A trip into Soho for a haircut can easily be lumped in with a stroll through the lanes and even into Me & Gee.  I know I've proclaimed my love of thrifting numerous times on this blog, but really, I love it.  You never know what you'll find.

Imagine my total excitement upon finding this yellow polkadot skirt.  I'd seen one in Vic & Lily one of my favorite Etsy shops at the same time as this blouse, but sadly it was already sold.  So, to find one again...well, I had to get it.  I just knew the two pieces would be perfect together.

But back to the title of this post...The adventures that lie outside your door.  I've been trying to be more deliberate about taking the kiddos out for adventures.  The other day I took the big boy to the SEEN (Godfather of graffiti) exhibition.  Today, I took the girls to the Island East Market.  These are my favorite kind of escapes.

I don't want us to get so bogged down in our routine that the kids (and me) don't get to enjoy this city we live in.  And, to be fully present in it.  I've been noticing lots of parents who are 'plugged in' while they're with their kids (or simultaneously plugging them in too), which makes me sad and it makes me really aware of myself.  I've made it a personal rule keep off my phone as much as I can by charging my phone when I come home.  That way, I can really keep it well out of sight and mind.

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